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The pass in the northwest of [[Mordor]], also called by the [[Mannish]] name of the [[Isenmouthe]] (both versions of the name mean 'iron jaws'). It was formed where spurs reaching out from the ranges of the [[Ephel Dúath]] and the [[Ered Lithui]] met, leaving only a narrow passage between the [[Plateau of Gorgoroth]] and the smaller valley of [[Udûn]] to the north.  
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| location=Meeting of [[Udûn (valley)|Udûn]] and [[Gorgoroth]], joining of spurs of [[Ered Lithui]] and [[Ephel Dúath]]
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'''Carach Angren''' or '''Isenmouthe''' was a pass in the northwest of [[Mordor]]. The pass was formed where spurs reaching out from the ranges of the [[Ephel Dúath]] and the [[Ered Lithui]] met, leaving only a narrow passage between the [[Plateau of Gorgoroth]] and the smaller valley of [[Udûn (valley)|Udûn]] to the north.<ref>{{RK|Map}}</ref>
  
As the passage to the [[Black Gate]] of the [[Morannon]], Carach Angren was heavily fortified, and both the rocky spurs that overlooked it carried fortresses and watchtowers. Across the passage itself, a wall of earth had been built, and a great ditch had been dug across the opening spanned by a single bridge.
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==History==
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As the passage to the [[Black Gate]] of the [[Morannon]], Carach Angren was heavily fortified, and both the rocky spurs that overlooked it carried fortresses and watchtowers. Across the passage itself, a wall of earth had been built, and a great ditch had been dug across the opening spanned by a single bridge.<ref>{{RK|Doom}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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Both ''Carach Angren'' and ''Isenmouthe'' mean "Iron-mouth": "''It was so called because of the great fence of pointed iron posts that closed the gap leading into Udûn, like teeth in jaws.''"<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 772</ref>
  
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''Isen'' is an old English variant form of iron; and mouthe represents [[Old English]] ''mūða'' < ''mūð'' "opening, mouth" especially used of the mouths of rivers, but also applied to other openings.<ref name="Nomen"/>
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Despite the Old English, the name is not to be understood as [[Rohirric]], bur rather as archaic [[Westron]], translation of [[Sindarin]] ''Carach Angren''.<ref name="Nomen"/>
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Darrell Midgette - Carach Angren.jpg
Carach Angren
Physical Description
TypeGuarded pass
LocationMeeting of Udûn and Gorgoroth, joining of spurs of Ered Lithui and Ephel Dúath
RealmsMordor
InhabitantsOrcs
General Information
Other namesIsenmouthe
EtymologyS. carach "jaws" + angren "iron"

Carach Angren or Isenmouthe was a pass in the northwest of Mordor. The pass was formed where spurs reaching out from the ranges of the Ephel Dúath and the Ered Lithui met, leaving only a narrow passage between the Plateau of Gorgoroth and the smaller valley of Udûn to the north.[1]

History

As the passage to the Black Gate of the Morannon, Carach Angren was heavily fortified, and both the rocky spurs that overlooked it carried fortresses and watchtowers. Across the passage itself, a wall of earth had been built, and a great ditch had been dug across the opening spanned by a single bridge.[2]

Etymology

Both Carach Angren and Isenmouthe mean "Iron-mouth": "It was so called because of the great fence of pointed iron posts that closed the gap leading into Udûn, like teeth in jaws."[3]

Isen is an old English variant form of iron; and mouthe represents Old English mūða < mūð "opening, mouth" especially used of the mouths of rivers, but also applied to other openings.[3]

Despite the Old English, the name is not to be understood as Rohirric, bur rather as archaic Westron, translation of Sindarin Carach Angren.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Map of Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 772